A diverse coalition of influential communications industry organizations, whose members depend on a properly trained and highly skilled workforce, sent a letter to key congressional leaders in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives requesting support for industry-specific workforce development programs through stand-alone legislation or as part of a larger telecom/broadband infrastructure package.
Eight industry organizations lobbied Senator Roger Wicker, above, and other influential members of the House and Senate
The coalition sent the letter to the chairman/chairwoman and the ranking member of the House and Senate Commerce Committees and their respective Communications Subcommittees, plus the chairman and ranking member of the House and Senate Labor Committees and their respective Subcommittees with jurisdiction over workforce issues.
Organizations signing on to the letter included the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), CTIA, Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association (GWTCA), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association (NATE), National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA), Rural Wireless Association (RWA), and the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA).
“NATE is pleased to join our communications industry colleagues in reaffirming the critical importance of ensuring that we have enough properly trained and qualified workers to handle the enormous amount of work that the telecom industry will be undertaking,” said Jim Goldwater, NATE Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs.
Click HERE to view the coalition letter sent to U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Wicker. Click HERE to view the coalition letter sent to U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Pallone.